Leeds today: advent, workshop, academy, Aldi and petition.

Hello all! Hope you’ve had a great week and looking forward to the weekend. It’s Elly here (after my absence yesterday due to post-Digitally Leeds Awards…er…’tiredness’) for your daily round up. To read all about the awards, who won, and filter through bazillions of hyperlinks, check out John Baron’s write up on the Guardian Northerner (PS Well done John for your win!)

South Leeds Life reports that plans have been approved to demolish the Middleton Arms and build an Aldi there instead. Sheesh.

The Guardian Northerner blog has a lovely article on Northern towns getting into the advent spirit with a selection of countdown-to-Christmas related events.

A petition signed by around 200 people is being handed over today to protest against the potential closure of libraries in Wakefield, reports the BBC.

Also on the Beeb, Prince Henry’s Grammar School – the one we mentioned whose staff (and pupils) were striking over plans to change it into an academy – has confirmed it will be changing into an academy. Bugger. If you listened to some of the amazing speeches at the Leeds rally on November 30, and know teachers whose distrust and dislike of academies is very powerful, this news is bound to weigh heavy on your heart.

Leeds Book Club has an excellent post on Christmas books and their corresponding Christmas movies. And also, mentioning how awesome the Muppets Christmas Carol is. And rightly so.

Darren of My Life in Leeds is running a free online workshop for charities and other not-for-profit organisations teaching WordPress and other free online tools on 12 December: check out the site for more information!

That’s all for today readers, short n sweet. We’re having a Christmas party tomorrow so I’m cracking out the mulled wine and garish jumper – rather than my regular non-mulled wine and equally garish jumper – so hope you have a wonderful weekend and get yourself into the Christmas spirit. Ciao!

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